Ford SUVs

There's the mini one, the family one and the one with the big boot. But no seven-seat Ford SUV in the UK

BuyaCar team
Nov 27, 2020

Given the astonishing popularity of SUVs, it's no surprise that every mainstream manufacturer has developed an entire range of models that cater for every possible want and need to could list off. Ford itself is currently offering a choice of four SUV-style cars in a range of sizes, from the coupe-ish Ford Puma, to the compact Ford EcoSport to the largest Ford Edge.

All of them have a high driving position, varying specifications and five seats. If you did want a seven-seat Ford, then your only current choice is one of three people carriers: the Ford Grand C-Max, Ford S-Max or Ford Galaxy.

All of Ford's SUVs have been designed to look rugged, which is a throwback to the days when SUVs were designed to go off road. Now they are engineered to be at their best on the road, offering comfort, quietness and agility in corners. That's why the EcoSport and Kuga share mechanical parts with the Ford Fiesta and Focus, which makes them more crossovers than SUVs.

The Kuga and Edge do come with four-wheel drive, which gives them more grip when accelerating on icy roads or muddy fields, but you may well get stuck in challenging conditions that a Land Rover would waltz through.

Both the Kuga and Edge are also available in Ford’s upmarket Vignale trim, which offers more luxurious materials inside the car and improved customer service, including the collection of your car from your home when it's due for a service. 

Ford SUVs

Ford EcoSport

Best Ford SUV for driving in tight towns

Less good for off-roading ability

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Thanks to its chunky looks, high stance and nippy but economical engines, this SUV, which shares its mechanical parts with the Ford Fiesta, makes an interesting alternative to traditional city hatchbacks.

Rivals such as the Mazda CX-3 look and feel more agile in corners but as long as you choose the smooth EcoBoost petrol engine, the car won't feel too tractor-like.

FORD ECOSPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

Ford Kuga

Best Ford SUV for affordable space

Less good for driving thrills

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The Kuga was the ninth best-selling car in the UK for 2018, thanks to a roomy interior, good level of standard equipment, and a choice of two or four-wheel drive. The Ford Kuga has also been recently updatd with a chunkier exterior design and improved technology. All but entry-level Zetec cars now include the Sync3 entertainment system, which uses a sharper and clearer dashboard screen, as well as improved voice technology.

The optional four-wheel drive system is activated when your wheels start losing grip, but the car remains in two-wheel drive mode at other times, which helps to save fuel. Most versions are comfortable, with light controls that are a little vague, making it harder to drive precisely.

FORD KUGA BUYERS' GUIDE

Ford Edge

Best Ford SUV for towing

Less good for value for money

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This genuinely spacious, family-size SUV would be even more practical if there was a seven-seat option. It would certainly be easy to fit an extra row into the huge boot. With standard four-wheel drive and the choice of two powerful diesel engines, it's an ideal tow car, and will roll along quietly on the motorway.

The lower powered engine in the Titanium trim range doesn't feel very powerful and accelerates slowly. The more powerful 238PS diesel engine found in ST-Line and Vignale models really moves.

Although there is a high level of standard equipment, including voice control and a rear-view camera, prices are close to far more luxurious SUVs from Mercedes and BMW.

FORD EDGE BUYERS' GUIDE

Ford Puma

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Monthly finance from £293*

Ford is bringing the Puma name back, but instead of a cute coupe, it will be a mini-SUV similar in size to the Nissan Juke, and built in Ford’s plant in Romania.

It will sit on the Ford Fiesta platform, and will be available with Ford’s mild-hybrid 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. A spokesperson for Ford told us that cheaper versions will be powered by non-hybrid EcoBoost petrol engines.

It’s raison d’etre is its boot. Ford says it will house 456-litres’ worth. To put that into context, the Nissan Juke’s boot is 251-litre. At 385-litres, it also has the VW T-Cross beaten.

MORE DETAILS ON THE FORD PUMA

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